Every savvy traveler knows that behind airfare, lodging is often the biggest expense when you’re planning a trip. The good news is that if you’re traveling on a budget, there are many great alternatives to booking a night in a standard hotel room. From hostels to volunteering to camping, thinking creatively about where to stay…
In early 2017, a Russian spearphishing operation ensnared more than 10,000 U.S. Department of Defense employees. According to TIME, the perpetrators sent each victim a personalized social media message with a link to seemingly innocuous content, such as sports highlights or an Academy Awards recap. The link’s payload was anything but innocuous. When clicked, it…
I’m not a jet-setter. My family’s recent pace of international travel — three trips in three years — feels hectic to me. I know people who cross oceans quarterly, but I don’t know how they do it. Yet while I’m still acclimating to 12-hour flights and long passport control lines, I’ve used our latest transoceanic…
According to the card buried deep in my wallet, I’ve been a “loyal member” of the American Automobile Association (AAA) since 2005. In fact, my AAA Membership is one of the longest relationships of my life, even exceeding the length of my marriage! Early on, AAA’s roadside assistance services helped me and my succession of…
The United States is aging, and fast. With roughly 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, we will have more seniors (those over 65) than children (those under 18) by 2035, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau illustrates this demographic shift succinctly with this graph showing how Americans’ age distribution is shifting from…
Have you ever walked into a store planning to buy just one or two things and walked out an hour later with a whole shopping cart full of stuff? If you’re like most people, this has happened to you at least once. It’s especially likely to happen in big department stores that carry a huge…
Surprisingly, some cold weather destinations made our list of the top outdoor vacation destinations to visit on a budget. But not everyone is a fan of cold weather. Winter brings a host of unique risks and challenges not present in warmer seasons. If you live in a cold climate, you no doubt have a winter preparation checklist that will…
The desire to accumulate physical objects seems to be inherent, present in the little girl who collects Barbie dolls or the late-night TV host who keeps 126 classic cars and motorcycles in a specially built garage. For some, the motive to search for and acquire a specific item is the sheer fun of the activity.…
Travel rewards credit cards take many different forms. Airline rewards cards offer opportunities to fly for free or on the cheap, reducing the cost of your vacations and business trips. Dining rewards cards reduce the cost of restaurant meals, often a major expense on trips. Many cash back credit cards give you a percentage back…
Throughout the United States, cases of tick-borne illnesses are on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that, since the late 1990s, cases of Lyme disease have risen more than 300%. And the journal Entomology Today reports that the ticks that carry Lyme disease are expanding their range and can now be found in…